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Everything might be a bit up in the air at the moment but one weekend you can circle in big red pen on your calendar is Lamplight Festival, which Sunderland Council has just confirmed will be taking place on 7th and 8th August as originally planned.

All those who have tickets from last year will finally get to see headliners Kaiser Chiefs and Deacon Blue do their thing in Sunderland’s City Centre. Something that Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson is looking forward to:

“It’s excellent that Lamplight is preparing to go ahead, we’re so excited to be playing, see you this summer Sunderland!”

Alongside the Kaiser Chiefs, Saturday’s bill also includes home-grown Sunderland favourites Frankie & the Heartstrings, Liverpool’s upcoming indie pop girl Zuzu and Manchester’s much-acclaimed Big Society. Joining Deacon Blue on the Sunday are fellow Highland tunesmiths Tide Lines, and Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble. The organisers of the festival will be working closely with Public Health England to ensure that the festival is safe and adheres to Covid-19 guidelines.

Cllr Linda Williams, Portfolio Holder for Vibrant City adds: “We are thrilled to be in a position to press ahead with planning for the very first Lamplight Festival. Of course, we will continue to monitor the local and national situation closely and understand that any changes to regulations will have to be adhered to.

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